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Arsenal ace Miedema breaks scoring record

31 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scored after just two minutes in the 3-0 victory against Reading. PHOTOS: JOERDELI PHOTOGRAPHY

ARSENAL striker Vivianne Miedema needed just two minutes to rip up the record books on Sunday as she helped the north Londoners secure a 3-0 victory over Reading at Adams Park.

The Netherlands international collected the ball on the edge of the box before fizzing a deflected strike past goalkeeper Grace Moloney. It was her 16th league goal of the campaign – a new record for the number of goals scored by a player in a Women’s Super League season.

With seven games to go there’s still plenty of opportunity for Miedema to add to her tally, but the 22-year-old insists all she really cares about is helping the team.

“We were just so happy that we started strong after the past few games that we’ve had, especially with the injuries that we’ve currently got in the squad,” she said.

“Coming out and instantly scoring was perfect for us.

Kim Little gets a shot in against Reading

“Honestly, I’m just happy that I can help the team. I’m a number nine so my game is all about scoring goals, and there’s still seven more games to go, so I’m hoping to score plenty more.”

While a goal with barely 120 seconds on the clock gave the Gunners the perfect start, they had to wait until the final 10 minutes to finally make the points safe.

Substitute Danielle van de Donk was controversially brought down in the box by Jade Moore in the 81st minute, allowing Kim Little to score from 12-yards.

Katie McCabe then curled in an impressive third in stoppage time as Arsenal kept the pressure on their title rivals Manchester City, who beat Brighton 3-0.

The results mean that City remain top of the table, but the fate of the title is in Arsenal’s control as they are only a point behind and still have a game in hand.

Chelsea’s chances of sneaking back into the title race, however, are over after they were handed only their second league defeat of the season. Camden coach Emma Hayes, who engineered a 2-1 victory over Arsenal last time out, saw her Blues side take the lead at Kingsmeadow, but a determined Birmingham City battled back to seal a thrilling 3-2 win.

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